Two men survive a fiery plane crash landing near Wickenburg


WICKENBURG – A single-engine plane crash landed and caught fire on June 19 in a remote area west of Highway 71 about 24 miles northwest of Wickenburg, and both passengers managed to escape with non-life threatening injuries.

The Cirrus SR22 aircraft took off from Scottsdale Municipal Airport carrying a pilot and one passenger and was flying towards Lake Havasu Airport when the engine suffered an unknown catastrophic failure, crash landed and then burst into flames, according the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The pilot was able to deploy the aircraft parachute, which likely saved both passengers lives.  The plane was destroyed by the fire, according the FAA.

YCSO did not release the names of the pilot or passenger, but recently the passenger, Ken Kendall, who suffered only minor injuries and managed to walk away from the crash, spoke about the incident in an interview with Fox 10 News.

Both men are lawyers who were flying on business. The pilot was Sam Moeller, and he was flown to a Phoenix area hospital with minor burns and fractured vertebrae, but is expected to be released from the hospital this week, Kendall said during his on-air interview.

No official determination for the crash has been announced yet and the FAA is investigating the crash at this time.